Paris cab drivers to tie up traffic in the city all day Monday to protest court ruling on Uber

Paris cab drivers to tie up traffic in the city all day Monday to protest court ruling on Uber
A Paris court on Friday refused to block car service company Uber, from operating its Uberpop carpooling service in the city. Using a smartphone app, someone in need of a ride is picked up at a specific location by non-professional drivers, and driven from city to city. Cabdrivers in France are upset at what they see as non-professional cab drivers pretending to be carpooling.

Professional cabdrivers in Paris are getting some revenge by conducting an "escargot" operation on Monday.. That means that the legitimate cabs will drive at a snail's pace from the two main airports in Paris, causing massive traffic jams on the major roads in the city. The protest is expected to last all day.

The legal victory in Paris is a rare one for Uber, as cab drivers throughout the world feel threatened by the company's use of apps and other technology. Courts in Spain, the Netherlands, and Brussels have temporarily called for the suspension of some Uber services. In New York and Chicago, apps will be created by the two cities so that licensed taxis can be summoned using a smartphone, similar to how Uber cars are "hailed".

Uber really can't celebrate the legal victory in Paris as it came on a technicality. The issue found its way to a Paris commercial court, which is not the jurisdiction for criminal matters. The court did grant Uber's request to have the country's highest court judge whether parts of a new French transport law that are aimed at apps like Uber's, are constitutional.

source: WSJ

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12 Comments

1. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I think New York and Chicago's solution is way better.

2. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Guess it's Le Metro tomorrow.

3. Rydsmith unregistered

Dey took er jerbs!

4. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Those cab drivers and their bosses must be too dumb to realize that they are just adding to their problems. Pissing people off won't exactly make the public more likely to use your service. They had a monopoly and treated people like crap, now that there is a new and improved player in town all they can do is cry and call it unfair.

5. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

6. wilsong17 unregistered

Oh yes because we never had any taxi driver sexually harassed passage

8. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

My solution - All female employees. Okay, obviously there doesn't seem to be enough females that actually want such a crappy job, but it would be nice if there were. Guys suck and I should know, I am one.

7. Tziggy14

Posts: 618; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

I hate cars period. Public transportation >>>>>>>>>>

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Because diesel buses that make as much pollution as 1,000 to 10,000 cars is so much better, right? (very few countries have pollution regulation for buses)

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

France supporting Uber was a foregone conclusion as France is basically just a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs. Unless the taxi drivers of France want to be "disrupted" out of jobs, they should protest Uber until the government understands there is widespread opposition to this "weapon of middle class destruction".

11. Benoit

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

You don't know France much, do you?

12. Rydsmith unregistered

That...that makes absolutely no sense.

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